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Desiland Masala

Desiland Masala

By Andy Pearce

A look at the diverse Asian Indian (Desi) cultures experienced in North America by those who are blessed with Desi friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
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State Masala: Andhra Pradesh
State Masala: Andhra Pradesh
If you want to know about the number #1 city for producing IT workers to North America and how one state became two in 2014, be sure to listen to Episode 21 as Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states.
21:10
October 31, 2022
State Masala: Tamil Nadu
State Masala: Tamil Nadu
If you want to know why Desis from Tamil Nadu may be "bothered" when another Desi speaks indi to them, be sure to listen to Episode 20 as Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states with a focus on the state at the southern tip of India.
18:15
September 22, 2022
State Masala: Kerala
State Masala: Kerala
Indian states are normally identified by the main language spoken, but within each state there is a masala of cultures, festivals, foods, communities, and religious practices. Episode 19 of Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states with a focus on the southwestern state that has the highest literacy rate, longest life expectancy, and 360 miles of beaches, Kerala.
17:06
August 18, 2022
State Masala: Goa
State Masala: Goa
Indian states are normally identified by the main language spoken, but within each state there is a masala of cultures, festivals, foods, communities, and religious practices. Episode 18 of Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states with a focus on India's smallest state by area, Goa
15:07
July 08, 2022
State Masala: Karnataka
State Masala: Karnataka
Indian states are normally identified by the main language spoken, but within each state there is a masala of cultures, festivals, foods, communities, and religious practices. Episode 17 of Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states with a focus on the southwestern state of Karnataka, home to India's Silicon Valley, Bengaluru.
15:28
May 27, 2022
State Masala: Maharashtra
State Masala: Maharashtra
India has 28 states. Indian states are normally identified by the main language spoken, but within each state there is a masala of cultures, festivals, foods, communities, and religious practices. Episode 16 of Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states with a focus on the second most populous state, Maharashtra.
16:35
April 18, 2022
State Masala: Gujarat
State Masala: Gujarat
India has 28 states. Indian states are normally identified by the main language spoken, but within each state there is a masala of cultures, festivals, foods, communities, and religious practices. With this episode, Desiland Masala begins an audio tour of the states most likely to be represented by Desis in North America. Episode 15 begins in Gujarat.
23:13
February 21, 2022
Academic Masala
Academic Masala
Have you ever wondered if you should be impressed if your Desi friend tells you s/he graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras or Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad? Have you ever wondered what it means when your Desi friend tells you his daughter is in 4th Standard? Episode 14 looks at India's education system, from lower primary to university level.
17:33
January 23, 2022
Idiomatic Masala
Idiomatic Masala
Have you ever heard Desis say "Do the needful" or "I need to prepone my visit" or "My manager threw a googly by giving us Friday off."? Episode 13 will cover a variety of idiomatic expressions commonly used by Desis.
16:10
December 16, 2021
Relational Masala
Relational Masala
Learn what it means to be in someone's "inner circle" and why your Desi friend's inner circle is so large. Learn why Desi weddings are attended by several thousand people and and what it means to be a friend.
19:56
November 15, 2021
A Masala of Festivals
A Masala of Festivals
A look at the various festivals celebrated by our Desi neighbors.
16:21
October 15, 2021
A Masala of Goodbye
A Masala of Goodbye
A look a how Desi friends say goodbye.
12:34
September 16, 2021
Proud to be Desi
Proud to be Desi
Indians recently celebrated Indian Independence Day (August 15, 1947), and the day is marked by pride in the accomplishments and sucess of Indian Americans such as Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet (Google). Other prominant Indian Americans include Creator of pentium chip: Vinod Dahm., Creator of HDTV: Arun Netravalli. Creator of Hotmail: Sabeer Bhatia. Episode 9 covers sources of pride for Desis.
17:03
August 19, 2021
Congregational Hinduisms
Congregational Hinduisms
A "words-eye" view of congregational Hinduisms.
21:28
July 16, 2021
Sampradaya Masala
Sampradaya Masala
Learn about the diversity and popularity in North America of Hindu Sampradayas ("denominations") such as BAPS Swaminarayan.
20:40
June 14, 2021
Hindu Masala
Hindu Masala
A look at the diversity of beliefs and practices in Hinduism.
20:36
May 13, 2021
Religious Masala
Religious Masala
An in-depth look at the diversity of religious expressions in Indian and in North America.
24:19
April 20, 2021
Gastronomic Masala Part 2
Gastronomic Masala Part 2
Part two of a look into Desi food.
20:35
April 01, 2021
Gastronomic Masala
Gastronomic Masala
A look at Desi food.
21:06
March 18, 2021
Linguistic Masala
Linguistic Masala
A look at the variety of languages in the Desi population.
21:07
March 01, 2021
Welcome to Desiland Masala
Welcome to Desiland Masala
Join Andy as he shares what this podcast will be about and his journey to be an Alongsider.
20:19
February 16, 2021